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‘Embarrassing end’ to Paul Ryan’s career as he gavels closed session in empty chamber during Trump shutdown: Report

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On Friday, columnist Paul Kane detailed in The Washington Post that Republicans are having an embarrassing end of the year, especially for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan.

He explained that the GOP is ending the year exactly how it started.

“Republicans are ending the 115th Congress in an all-too-familiar spot: standing on the sidelines while President Trump picks a fight they wanted to avoid as he ignores what they consider major conservative accomplishments,” he wrote.

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Republicans had a few successes this year, but Trump decided to only focus on the negative.

“Instead, Trump used each ceremony as an opportunity to denounce Democrats for opposing his multibillion-dollar demands for U.S. taxpayer money to fund a southern border wall, launching Washington into its third partial shutdown this year,” Kane wrote.

“It’s an embarrassing end to a two-year run for McConnell and Ryan. For months they respectively called this the ‘most successful Congress’ for Republicans and claimed it set ‘a record pace’ for legislative production.”

Trump’s desire for a border wall overshadows any positive action from the GOP, such as helping to pass a historic prison reform bill.

“Time and again, Trump has paid lip service to these issues that Republicans consider wins and instead has focused on his demands for a border wall. Early this year, after the tax cuts took effect, GOP leaders winced as Trump focused on other issues and saw public approval for the legislation fade away,” he said.

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He noted that Ryans last moments on the House Floor was weak and nothing but a “whimper” as he realized the government would shut down. Republicans will end the year in a government shutdown because Trump refused to sign off on the budget until funding is approved for his border wall.

“Ryan’s last moment on the House floor came Friday evening when he gaveled the empty chamber shut, the last legislative session of 2018 going out with a whimper,” he said.

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Dr Birx proves that no amount of gushing compliments can compensate for even a little bit of honesty with Trump: op-ed

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One of President Trump's top infectious disease experts, Dr. Deborah Birx, is known for avoiding Trump's wrath, but that changed when she recently decided to speak frankly on the growing spread of coronavirus across the country. While Trump walked back his public criticism of her, the dust shows that no amount of "gushing compliments or massaging statistics can compensate for even a little bit of honesty with this man," the Washington Post's Molly Roberts writes.

While Birx appeared to be in control of the facts when she first emerged as a figure on the coronavirus task force, she soon became someone Democrats couldn't trust.

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‘Malignant’ GOP voters will keep backing ‘dumber and angrier’ candidates no matter what happens in November: Conservative

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Even if the Republican Party suffers crippling losses in November's election, that won't solve the problem of the "malignant Republican voter."

President Donald Trump's conservative opponents have been publicly debating whether the GOP deserves to survive, but The Week columnist Damon Linker says reducing the party to cinders and ash won't root out the party's rotten core.

"The head of the party is a corrupt and malicious imbecile," Linker wrote. "Republicans in Congress are a mix of Trump enablers, obstructionist-demagogues out to maximize the wealth of their donors, know-nothing conspiracist loons, and a few reformers experimenting with the most politically palatable way to blend nationalism with socialism. All of them are primarily motivated by the drive toward self-promotion within the right-wing media complex. And when we move further down the Republican hierarchy to the state and local level, things only get worse."

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‘Survival of organized human society’ at risk: New campaign rallies progressives to vote Trump out

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"As progressives and leftists, we are not going to minimize our disagreements with Joe Biden. But we're also clear-eyed about where things stand. We have a moral responsibility to defeat Trump."

With the goal of boosting progressive voter turnout in swing states that could play a decisive role in November, advocacy group RootsAction.org on Wednesday launched a grassroots campaign aiming to prevent another disastrous four years of President Donald Trump's "war on truth, on decency, on our planet, and on working people."

Organizers of the new "Vote Trump Out" initiative argue that while progressives have major substantive differences with Joe Biden on a number of key issues, "supporting the Democratic nominee in swing states is the only means we have to defeat Trump."

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